Smoke on the Water

I was supposed to attend a family BBQ today, but it was canceled because of rain.

I should have known it would be. I had already read this news about how weekends attract bad weather.


The most comprehensive weather study ever has confirmed what we all suspected - the weather really is worse at weekends.

Meteorologists at the University of Karlsruhe evaluated 6.3 million pieces of climate data from across Europe between 1991 and 2005.

Their conclusion: On weekends the weather is worse than on weekdays.

But even if the weather had been good, we would have suffered from this campfire phenomenon. As we are told in The Complete Book of Fire by Buck Tilton:

Q: Why does the smoke from a campfire seem to blow into your face no matter where you sit or how many times you change position around the fire?

A: Your body blocks the flow of fresh air drawn to the flames. You are then creating a low air pressure area with your body and the warm smoke moves toward the lowest air pressure. With no wind, no matter where you sit in relation to the fire, the smoke will be drawn toward you.

Sometimes you just can't win....

     Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 14, 2008
     Category: Entertainment | Family | Food | Science | Weather

Danny--your math seems sound...
Posted by Paul on 09/15/08 at 12:43 PM
Rev jef--I'm sure cow farts have something to do with this also!
Posted by Paul on 09/15/08 at 12:43 PM
Big Gary--I knew beer prices were going up for some reason!
Posted by Paul on 09/16/08 at 10:24 AM
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